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SUSTAINING HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT 

WITH BEST PRACTICES, EDUCATION, SUPPORT AND, NETWORKING. 

ABOUT US

Mission

HEARRT (the Healthcare Environmental Awareness and Resource Reduction Team) Midwest connects healthcare professionals to encourage and support sustainability actions that improve environmental and community health and, reduce costs. 

History

In the late 1990s, the US EPA and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency began collaborating with healthcare organizations to assist them with mercury elimination (thermometers, sphygmomanometers, laboratory reagents, etc.), other toxic chemical minimization (e.g. dioxins from the incineration of poly-vinyl chloride) and solid waste reduction.   HEARRT 1.0 brought together healthcare facility representatives, vendors, local/state agencies, and the MN Hospital Association for over a decade (~1996-2010). 

Most US healthcare facilities are now mercury free, incineration of PVC has been reduced and many healthcare facilities are reducing their solid and infectious wastes. 

However, interest continued in a venue for healthcare environmental improvement professionals.  In 2014 HEARRT was resuscitated (now HEARRT Midwest) to deliver advocacy, education, networking opportunities and support to facilities working to achieve the triple aim using environmental sustainability. 

The recovery team was comprised of staff from CentraCare Health, Fairview Health Services, Hennepin County Medical Center, HealthPartners, Mayo Clinic, Ridgeview Medical Center,  the Minnesota Hospital Association, the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program, the Veteran's Administration Medical Center and Zimmer Environmental Improvement.

HEARRT now

Currently HEARRT Midwest is steered by representatives from Allina Health, CentraCare Health, Fairview Health Services, HealthPartners, Mayo Clinic, the Minnesota Hospital Association, the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program, the Veteran's Administration Medical Center and Zimmer Environmental Improvement.  

HEARRT Midwest provides education, networking and support events three times a year. Contact us to be added to our email list.  

We look forward to you joining us!  

Sponsors

HEARRT Midwest thanks the following member affiliates:




UPCOMING EVENTS

DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC, HEARRT MIDWEST EVENTS ARE POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

If you would like to receive event notices, please click on "CONTACT" above. 

USP 800: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Friday, April 10, 2020

Minneapolis VA Medical Center

According to the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), more than eight million U.S. healthcare workers are exposed to hazardous drugs each year.  Hazardous drugs, as defined by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), are those that impact or damage DNA/genes, cause cancer, contribute to infertility, impact a developing embryo or fetus, cause developmental abnormalities and/or cause organ damage.  Virtually anyone in a healthcare or home health setting that handles hazardous drugs or hazardous drug waste is at risk of exposure.   

USP has developed Chapters 795, 797 and 800 to protect patients and healthcare workers from potential harm with standards to ensure the safe handling of hazardous drugs throughout the healthcare system.  USP Chapter 800, Handling Hazardous Drugs in Healthcare Settings, along with Chapters 795 and 797 will be the focus of this event.  

AGENDA

Hazardous drugs and pharmaceuticals, beyond the healthcare setting:  An overview of the science. Sarah Elliott, PhD, US Geological Survey 

USP <800>: Managing what’s best for patients, employees and the environment, Kathy Skibinski, PharmD, PharmEcology

Break

Notes from the field: a case study from Allina pharmacies, Rachel Root, PharmD, Allina Pharmacies

Local regulatory perspectives, Aaron Patterson, PharmD, MN Board of Pharmacy Surveyor & Josh Burman, MN Pollution Control Agency

Q&A, panel discussion

This event will be valuable for environmental services staff, home health aides, housekeeping and janitorial services staff,  nurses, nurse aides, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, surgeons, veterinarians, veterinary assistants, veterinary technicians and waste management personnel. 

Certificates of attendance are available and we will be applying for pharmacist CEU.

Cost is $30 for general registration.

Registration is LIMITED.  We invite you to join us!  

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